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    Hi everyone. Today is my last post. I have cried for about 15 hours straight. Last night my girls and I were laying on our couches watching TV. I was reading Zech's mom thread loving every word. I was imagining my boy and how he's grown. I was watching him lay on our living room floor sleeping thinking about how far he's come and how proud of him I was.....and then it happened. My eldest daughter was sitting near him and she stretched out her leg and it brushed by him. He went nuts. Instantly snarling and growling and very much in defense mode. Teeth baring. My daughter froze and looked at me. I grabbed Baileys leash and said "move your foot again" this time his response was 10 times worse. I needed to see what his reaction was going to be. My oldest is big enough to understand what I was doing and very much involved in his training and care. I needed the reaction to be with her and not my toddler. I quickly pulled him away and he continued to snarl and growl and quite aggressively bark. I put him in his kennel. He never broke her skin but the threat was extremely real and very frightening for all of us.

    I should have seen it coming and a part of me did. Earlier in the day Bailey went for a play date with our trainer and I think he ran too hard. He was sore and miserable all day. I know he's coming into adolescence and he's getting to be a bit of a jerk sometimes but that's all I thought it was. He actually started guarding his bed (not his kennel) and yesterday if I walked by him he would bark and snarl and get himself all worked up. I know he's in pain . I had taken him to the vet earlier and his hips are progressively getting worse. He hasn't had any luck with pain medication as he has a terrible reaction to almost everything we give him.

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    I know why he went after my daughter but he can't bite first ask later....truthfully this isn't the first time we've seen this side of him. When we first brought him home he was already showing aggressive tendencies. He used to growl at my husband. We worked very hard with a Trainor to build on their relationship. He used to snarl and jump at my eldest but we continued to work and build trust. Because of the severity of his hips and his unstable temperment my Trainer has recommended he be put down . I talked to my Vet and we've gone over absolutely everything. He believes that as Bailey ages and settles into his own things will escalate. Without a gene history its hard to judge his intentions. My vet and I decided Bailey should go to a rescue/rehabilitation sanctuary. It has has a no kill policy (u less the medical staff believe he has no alternative for his hips) (they may even consider a replacement) and they staff behavior specialists and vets for medical care. My husband is extremely worried about our children but also because I take care of toddlers for a living. He never is free with the kids but that's a big liability. Please reply but please be kind. I have given this boy my whole heart and I'm the one who rescues dogs not surrenders them. I'm totally devastated.

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    I'm so sorry about what has happened with your dog. I hope that he does well and I'm sure he'll get an amazing home. Maybe you should get another Pyrenees to help get over the ache and pain of having to surrender your boy. It's extremely noble of you to put your children first and I know that God will truly bless you for that.

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    I don’t care how many dogs that woman saves. She had no right to judge you and treat you with such cruelty. I am sickened to think of you being treated that way - on a day that would have been awful for you regardless. I am so very very very sorry that that happened to you, and am sending big big hugs to you. People like that truly give rescue a bad name.

    Even if you had considered euthanizing him, you didn’t. You spent a small fortune to surrender him to her organization. She had him for what, two weeks? So, between your surrender fee and his new adopter’s adoption fee, it appears that she made quite a tidy profit off of him, even before you count the orthopedic bed. I just hope that Bailey’s new adopters were made fully aware of his special needs.

    If it makes you feel any better, this lady would totally hate me, too. This time last year, Chester was having severe anxiety issues that lead my vet to sit me down for the dreaded “quality of life” discussion. The biggest reason that he is here today is that we were incredibly fortunate to find the right Behaviorist with the right techniques to help him. I have to say that it was one of the darkest times of my life. I still tear up when I think about it.

    Your love for Bailey was apparent from the first conversation I had with you. I feel sorry for that lady that she was too far up on her high-horse to see it. She could have learned something.

    Sending you much love and healing energy.
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    I am very sorry that the lady's attitude toward you was not friendly. But look at it a different way. People like her are the ones that can carry on doing the things she does. They are not always easy to deal with but they are necessary. I can say that as much as I love dogs, I do not have the courage and dedication to do what she does.

    You weren't there for you, you were there for Bailey. The one and only objective for your being there was to make sure Bailey has the best chance for a new life where he won't be a threat to children and then in turn threaten his own life. You weren't there to make friends with this lady. Whatever she thinks of you is irrelevant so long as Bailey is taken care of.

    To be double, triple clear, you made the right choice in your situation. As I said before, I returned a dog to rescue last year. I felt bad about returning him, but that doesn't compare to the guilt I continue to feel, and feel deeply, for making the last months of Bro's life a fearful time for him. I do not wish that guilt on anyone.

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    I couldn't agree more with the last posts. I second, triple, quadruple what other people said about doing the right thing with Bailey. I hope that you can find a dog that fits your family needs right now because I can tell that you have so much love to give. Any dog would be so lucky to have you as your momma.

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    I wish there were adequate words to tell you how heartbroken I am for you and your family right now. This is something I would not wish on anyone, but especially not someone like you. The love you have for this boy has been apparent in each and every one of your posts. I wish every dog could have as loving a home as the one you have given your sweet boy.

    I can’t imagine how devastating this must be, but please know that your decision to send him to the sanctuary is the most loving thing you can do for him. It actually sounds like a wonderful, compassionate organization.

    I am sending much love and gigantic hugs to you and your family. I am so sorry that you are going through this.
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    I am so sorry for the awful situation you and your family find yourselves in. Know that you did not create this situation and you did nothing wrong. To me, the decision you made is the only decision you can make. I support it 1000%. All of the children's safety must be priority. While it isn't Bailey's fault that he suffers from HD, but with his condition, he is just not the right fit in a home with young children.

    Bailey is young and there is a chance his condition could stabilize. You're giving Bailey the best chance he can to find the right home for him.

    Big hugs!

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    My last dog Sahara was a rescue LGD. She was surrendered because she was aggressive with a newborn. We took great care of her and she lived until she was 16 years old last year. She had a great life with us and we don't have any kids and have not shown a lot of people aggression when she lived with us. She only disliked strangers and other dogs. Her previous owners were somewhat surprised but I think a change in environment/ relationship really helped her.

    I am so sorry you are going through this but perhaps everything will turn out great for everyone.

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    What a horrible decision you have to make, we fall in love with these dogs so quickly. But in the long run you have to look at the big picture. So sorry, don't blame yourself. Look

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